From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishindividualin‧di‧vid‧u‧al1 /ˌɪndəˈvɪdʒuəl◂/ ●●○S3W3AWL adjective 🔊 🔊 1[only before noun]DIFFERENTconsidered separately from other people or things in the same group 🔊 Each individual leaf on the tree is different. 🔊 the needs of the individual customer2[only before noun]OWN belonging to or intended for one person rather than a group 🔊 Children get more individual attention in small classes. 🔊 You can have the bathroom designed to suit your individual needs. 🔊 individual portions of jam3DIFFERENTan individualstyle, way of doing things etc is different from anyone else’s – usually used to show approval syn distinctive 🔊 a tennis player with a highly individual style 🔊 a very individual way of dressing
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individual• The children get far more individualattention in these small classes.• Imagine now that a customer of an individualbankapplies successfully for an overdraft.• How such paradoxical objectives are handled will depend upon the individualcounsellor.• How rugs are measured depends on the individual country.• After this review process, budgetanalystsconsolidate the individualdepartment budgets into operating and capital budget summaries.• Each individualemployee was given a bonus.• But also at work are the variedpurposes of the individual employees.• He has his own individualmethod of organizing his work.• In two of the studies the details of the individualpatients are not reported.• Every baby has its own, individualpersonality.• an individualserving of mashedpotatoes• a tennisplayer with a completely individual style• Individualtickets for RedSox games go on sale this morning.• She dresses in a highly individual way.• The Romanscript was phonetic and the book consisted of a series of dialogues, building up with phrases rather than individual words.Each individual• Beginning a martialart such as kungfu has many pitfalls. Each individual experiences his own problems.individual needs• Applicationclusters can be set up permanently to meet individual needs.• Instruction Instruction is informal and tailored to individual needs.• They are concerned with the problems of adaptingdesigns to meet individual needs.• The individual needs a set of tactics and ideas and skills to accomplish the project.• For the moment we need to take account of individual needs coming into the picture.• Clearly, individual gains, in terms of meeting individual needs, have important collectiveconsequences in a tradeunion.• The time we spend attending to these individual needs is bound to vary somewhat.• All instructions should be paced and adapted to the individual needs of each woman and her baby.individualindividual2 ●●○S3W3AWL noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1INDEPENDENT PERSONa person, considered separately from the rest of the group or society that they live in 🔊 the rights of the individual 🔊 Each individual receives two genes, one inherited from each parent. 🔊 Most churches were built with donations from private individuals (=ordinary people, rather than the government or companies).2PERSON/PEOPLEa person of a particular kind, especially one who is unusual in some way 🔊 a strange-looking individualCOLLOCATIONS – Meanings 1 & 2adjectivesan ordinary individualOrdinary individuals need no more than 3–5 grams of salt per day.a talented/gifted individualHe had taken a group of talented individuals and built a superb team.an outstanding individual (=with unusually good qualities)We need a few outstanding individuals to act as leaders.a private individual (=a person, not a company or business)Few shares in the company are owned by private individuals.a particular individualThe writer is addressing a general reader rather than a particular individual.a single individual (=one person on their own)Equipment of this kind is not something a single individual could afford.a wealthy individual (=a wealthy person)Large ranches are often owned by corporations or wealthy individuals.selected individuals (=ones who are specially chosen for something)Selected individuals were invited to the dinner.isolated individuals (=one on their own, not in a group with others)Society does not consist of isolated individuals.like-minded individuals (=people who share the same opinions)The message board is a forum where like-minded individuals can communicate.phrasestreat somebody as an individualEach student must be treated as an individual.a group of individualsWe need to perform as a team rather than a group of individuals.the needs of the individualThe fitness program is adapted to the needs of the individual.the rights of the individualThe rights of the individual must be protected.freedom of the individualWe live in a society which prizes the freedom of the individual.respect for the individualThe policies are based on respect for the individual.individuals vary (=everyone is different)Individuals vary in their ability to adapt to change.